DHL Global Forwarding, the international provider of air, ocean and road freight services has named Clement Blanc as CEO for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) & South Africa (SA) and Pramod Bagalwadi as Vice President CDZ MEA, effective 1st June 2022. Before taking up their new roles, Blanc held the position of Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding SA division and Bagalwadi held the position as CEO for SSA.
Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa commented: “Both Clement and Pramod have taken operations to greater heights in every role that they have held since joining DHL Global Forwarding in the early 2000s. Clement’s excellent work ethic has enabled him to successfully navigate the SA division of our business through the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most challenging chapters on record. Taking on further responsibility is a natural progression, and I am confident that with his operational knowledge and leadership skills, the SSA cluster will continue its upward growth trajectory.”
Blanc began his time with DHL Global Forwarding in Shanghai over 21 years ago and has held a variety of positions since then, from sales to management roles. After gaining significant managerial experience in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Blanc relocated to South Africa in 2020 to oversee the nation’s operations. With his strong leadership skills, Blanc has managed to build a robust management team that reflects the values and strategy of the Group.
On his new role as CEO SSA & SA DHL Global Forwarding, Clement Blanc said: "I am grateful to DHL Global Forwarding for placing its trust and confidence in me to lead the SSA cluster. I am committed to applying my experience from different markets to build on previous successes and advance the strategic focuses on digitalisation and sustainability in this region".
Bagalwadi has been with Global Forwarding for over 17 years. During that time, he has held various key roles across Africa, including GM Nigeria, CEO Ghana, CEO East Africa, SSA Head IP and Strategy.
Diallo continued: “Pramod has been instrumental in launching new products and innovative solutions, in establishing joint ventures and increased our footprint through agency networks and also provided robust focused strategies for countries in SSA. I am confident that the MEA region is in good hands and it will continue to thrive under Pramod’s leadership.”
On his new role as VP CDZ MEA Pramod Bagalwadi said: “I am honoured to take on this new role and I am convinced that together we will continue to forge DHL Global Forwarding’s successful path in the MEA region. With DHL’s global experience, unparalleled supply chain management knowledge, advanced solutions and understanding of the local markets, I believe we can add significant value to our customers' supply chains.”